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SC Chamber-Affiliated SC Chamber PAC Announces Support for 17 Candidates in the 2020 Primaries, Rolls Out New Election Center Website

May 26, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 26, 2020

Katie Titus, Director of Government Affairs/Media Relations Manager

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

(916) 996-2015

katie.titus@scchamber.net


COLUMBIA, SC – The South Carolina Chamber PAC today announced its support for candidates in upcoming primary races running for the SC Senate and the SC House of Representatives. Additionally, they are rolling out a new SC Election Center website which is available at scelectioncenter.com

Each Chamber PAC supported candidate has a proven track record working with the business community in the fight to make South Carolina the best state in the nation to live, work, and do business.

“The business community is proud to announce support for these candidates,” said Chamber President and CEO Ted Pitts. “They are committed to creating a more competitive tax code, developing a workforce for the future, and getting our small businesses back to work. As the state begins ramping back up and reopening the economy, it’s more important than ever to have the right folks in Columbia working to put our state back to work.”

The following candidates have earned the business community’s support in June’s primary elections:

SC House Incumbents

  • State Rep. Lucas Atkinson (District 57, Dillon, Horry & Marion Counties)
  • State Rep. Jimmy C. Bales (District 80, Kershaw & Richland Counties
  • State Rep. Bart T. Blackwell (District 81, Aiken County)
  • State Rep. Alan D. Clemmons (District 107, Horry County)
  • State Rep. Neal A. Collins (District 5, Pickens County)
  • State Rep. Westley P. “West” Cox (District 10, Anderson, Greenville & Pickens Counties)
  • State Rep. Heather Ammons Crawford (District 68, Horry County)
  • State Rep. Sylleste H. Davis (District 100, Berkeley County)
  • State Rep. L. Kit Spires (District 96, Lexington County)

SC House Primary Challengers

  • Vaugh Parfitt (District 8, Anderson County, Incumbent State Rep. Jonathon D. Hill)

SC Senate Incumbents

  • SC Sen. Richard J. Cash (District 3, Anderson County)
  • SC Sen. Ronnie W. Cromer (District 18, Lexington, Newberry & Union Counties)
  • SC Sen. Kevin L. Johnson (District 36, Clarendon, Darlington, Florence & Sumter Counties)
  • SC Sen. A. Shane Massey (District 25, Aiken, Edgefield, Lexington, McCormick & Saluda Counties)
  • SC Sen. Scott Talley (District 12, Greenville & Spartanburg Counties)
  • SC Sen. Ross Turner (District 8, Greenville County)
  • SC Sen. Kent Williams (District 30, Dillon, Florence, Horry, Marion & Marlboro Counties)

The SC Chamber PAC Board uses the SC Chamber Legislative Scorecard to determine the candidates to support in contested races for South Carolina House and Senate seats. Candidates who are supported must have an SC Chamber score of at least 80%* as an incumbent, and dedication to pro-business, pro-growth policies as a non-incumbent. The PAC Board will support candidates in the General Election following the June 9th primary and any resulting run-off elections.

*A four-year average score is used where possible. If a legislator does not have a four-year average, we use an average of all available scores.

New SC Election Center:

The Chamber PAC also announced the creation of a new election resource for citizens and businesses as the state nears the June 9th primary. The website, available at scelectioncenter.com, allows individuals to see who currently represents them at all levels, those running, and find out more about the Chamber PAC-supported candidates, including understanding how incumbents scored on pro-business legislation over the last several years. 

About the SC Chamber PAC: The South Carolina Chamber PAC is a non-partisan, voluntary organization made up of South Carolina Chamber of Commerce investors that works to advance good government, pro-growth policies, and elect pro-jobs, pro-South Carolina leaders to the General Assembly. Our PAC realizes that there are two ways to impact policy: from the outside, with targeted, issues-based messaging, and from the inside, by helping elect and support like-minded candidates who represent pro-business values. You can learn more at https://www.scchamber.net/affiliate-groups/chamber-pac  

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